Fosamax Reviews

Fosamax reviews of the standard drug for osteoporosis prevention and treatment are weighed.

Once considered a wonder drug, it simply doesn't work, even makes the bones weaker, and has many side effects.

For all women, but particularly for the diabetic who is more prone to brittle bone disease, there are some simple things that can be done to prevent this nasty, disabling condition. With a few changes in lifestyle ten years earlier this lady above could be out hiking every weekend.


Brittle bone disease is a silent condition and then, with great suddenness, it becomes very painful and disabling; by that I mean you don't know you have the problem until it's too late to do anything about it.

And when it hits, many women in particularly, lose their independence. No longer can they get about easily; shopping becomes difficult, walking becomes painful and consultations with doctors of all ilks becomes an every day affair.

If the fracture happens in the spine then movements such as turning in bed, getting out of a chair and dressing become very painful; if it's in the lower leg then it's not only also very sore but also limits perambulation. And, because the speed at which you can walk is directly related to how long you will live, the broken bone also cuts short your life.

With frightening suddenness an independent and busy woman becomes a disabled person in great pain. A hip can be pinned and the lower leg plated, but you're never quite the same. Pain medication becomes a feature of your life.

It's also a very expensive business. Often there are spinal operations and hip replacements lurking in the wings; and as we all know after a long anesthetic some older folk lose their marbles. 

Enter fosamax, the drug that prevents bone loss; or does it?

A little physiology at this stage is important; the concepts are not difficult.


Tissue is constantly being manufactured. Cells called osteoclasts are destroying your bone and others are busy rebuilding it. This remodeling is happening all the time and it's quite normal.

However, for one or more of six not uncommon reasons, that new bone isn't being built properly. The actual mechanism is not actually important; just accept that the osteoblasts are not doing their job normally.

  • You are post menopausal.
  • You have a poor lifestyle.
  • Steroid use for inflammatory conditions like arthritis and asthma is not uncommon.
  • Chronic inflammatory bowel disease causing diarrhea which inhibits the absorption of calcium.
  • A parathyroid hormone deficiency due to an autoimmune condition is increasingly common. 
  • A complete hysterectomy robs you of important bone building hormones.

Five of these reasons you can do little about, but the sixth, lifestyle, is the single most important factor that you have control over; and unfortunately, because most women assume wrongly that it will never happen to them, nothing is done until it's too late.

Again, enter fosamax; if I do get the dreaded lurgy, then I'll just take the medication. There is unfortunately a very big disclaimer.


Fosamax Reviews

Fosamax reviews reveals serious side effects that should invite questions from the chiropractor, dentist and heart specialist.

When building websites, webmasters look for so called keywords; those are words that you the public use when searching for information about this or that. It's interesting that of the six most profitable phrases that you use in regard to fosamax, five of them have to do with litigation and the dangers of the drug.

But first let's look at how fosamax works. I recommend you go to a medical site called Drugs.com for more detail but here's a summary. The medication inhibits the work of the osteoclasts; remember they are the cells that break down bone. So, in theory, provided the osteoblasts go on building new bone, that should sort out the problem.

Unfortunately it doesn't; whilst fosmax does increase bone mass, this medical site uses the phrase, which may prevent bone fractures. There's no certainty about it and in fact at two sites, the hip and the jaw, there is definitely an increased risk of fracture; and hence all the litigation that Merck is facing.

Here's an interesting and very relevant aside. I once attended a lecture by a renowned researcher who was given the task of finding out why sheep taken from their normal habitat and placed in a pen with a high protein diet were breaking their front legs.

It was very interesting. On the corn and soya bean diet, the sheep had increased calcium in their bones; the bones were heavier. But when he tested their strength, he found they were much weaker.

Heavier bones with a greater calcium content are not necessarily stronger.


The drug must be taken with water whilst you are sitting or standing upright; on an empty stomach. This is to prevent any reflux. A fosamax review in the New England Journal of Medicine has linked the medication with Barrett's disease, or cancer of the oesophagus.

For the chiropractor, pain in the upper leg and fractures of the femur are a concern. Hardly a day passes when an older patient is not consulting us for pain in and around the hip and groin; a question concerning fosamax use is always pertinent.

Whilst building heavier and more calcium dense bones, fosamax actually increases the incidence of stress fractures in the hip. It's thought to inhibit not only osteoclast activity but also the laying down of new collagen; that's the matrix in which the cells are being built.

For the dentist, fosamax and extraction becomes a great concern as necrosis or death of the jawbone may occur. After surgery, inflammation and infection of the gums and teeth becomes common. Even the extraction of teeth, especially if a root breaks off, become a nightmare.


Debilitating bone, muscle and joint pain.

In short, fosamax dangers are a big worry. Irregular heartbeat, painful eye disorders, hip pain and fracture and osteonecrosis of the mandible are serious concerns.

Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits are increasing.


Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis not a popular subject but, as one wit said, if you're not going to look after your body, where are you planning to live? What young woman is interested in facing the causes of osteoporosis when she is in her twenties and beautiful, and her whole life lies ahead of her? She certainly won't be googling fosamax reviews unless her gran is asking about her crumbling jawbone.

These are the critical steps to take when facing the modifiable causes of osteoporosis:

  1. Make sure your children exercise regularly. Teenagers who won't walk and run will never achieve peak bone strength. They are already preprogrammed for osteoporosis.
  2. Women in particularly must continue to exercise all their lives. Couch potatoes will suffer these hard choices when they get older.
  3. Smoking is strongly associated with osteoporosis, as is excessive alcohol use.
  4. A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is essential. Fatty fish like mackerel, salmon and pilchards at least twice a week is strongly recommended. However, vegetarians who walk regularly will be fine.
  5. Increased use of diary products is controversial with scientists in disagreement. I would recommend enjoying some yoghurts and cheeses but not increasing them unduly. 
  6. A diet rich in fruits and salads, vegetables and legumes is part of the overall schema. 
  7. A regular walk in the sun has all round benefits; with a hat.
  8. Best calcium for osteoporosis also recommends a whole citrus fruit, hummus and tofu. Eggs from free range hens are especially rich in vitamin D, B12 and omega-3 fatty acids; overall it's recommended you reduce your overall animal protein intake in favour of chickpeas, lentils and whatever pulses you enjoy; broad beans will help with Parkinson's too.
  9. Reduce your dietary salt, avoiding canned foods and salty snacks; keeping your sodium intake below two grams per day substantially lowers your calcium requirements.



A summary of Fosamax Dangers

None of us likes to be told what we should be doing and what is going to cause misery later in life. Doctors do their best but mollifying the angry woman is not simple; many take the easy route, prescribing post menopausal hormones and fosamax despite the dangers.

Make your own decision and live by it; if you choose to ignore these well researched guidelines, don't complain when things go awry. Those who won't hear, must feel. 

Are you thinking this just is a crazy, fanatical chiropractor's opinion? Read more at Harvard Health Publications women's health watch fosamax. They report convincing new research that long term use of fosamax leads to hip fracture, disability and premature death.

And some scary new research; scientists were surprised to find that women taking calcium supplements have a high rate of heart disease; the mineral isn't being deposited in the bones but in the coronary arteries.


The simple things

Walking benefits

Walking benefits are sublime, especially when compared with the side effects these fosamax reviews reveal. Apple or low GI bread sandwich in hand, it's also part of the solution to that bulge that may be developing in the wrong place.

Try and take a regular short walk in the middle of the day in the cooler months when you get maximum benefit from the sunshine on your skin; you'll find you actually get to enjoy it. Can't manage half an hour? What about ten minutes and an extended walk over the weekend?

This is especially true for those suffering from diabetes osteoporosis.

It's exercise that drives the bones to take up that calcium.



Dietary benefits

A can of pilchards or other fatty fish twice a week is surely manageable; consider these facts now so one day you too won't have to be worrying about Fosamax reviews; it doesn't work anyway. 

Making your own hummus regularly is really not difficult once you're in the routine of pressure cooking and then freezing garbanzo beans. It takes me no more than five minutes. Authentic hummus recipe.

Eat only wholewheat bread, and consider baking your own low GI bread. That takes me only five minutes too.

An apple a day, a regular salad and using healthy flour are foods that will increase our calcium intake and improve bowel health; there are some concerns about the phytates in 100% whole wheat, but it's mainly when phytic acid is added chemically. What are phytates?

Do it! Let the earth nourish your body; return to the healthy foods your grandmother served.

Free range cage free eggs are particularly beneficial provided you are not on a high meat diet; in England they're called 'proper eggs'. I like the term; most eggs consumed are improper. 


Chiropractic help

Chiropractic help is for those who want to help themselves; nowhere is that more important than for women who don't want to have painful crumbling spines; then in ten years time you won't be feverishly looking up fosamax reviews.

Help yourself because no one else can enable you to prevent this nasty and, by and large, preventable disease.

Starting walking regularly and start looking for calcium rich foods, particularly outside of dairy which brings with it its own problems.

Foods like freshly squeezed orange juice may take a little more time to prepare. OJ in a carton has one twentieth of the calcium, and is highly glycemic, read fattening and stresses your pancreas; plus its taste doesn't come close to the real thing.

Take a moment to read this orange juice facts page, and consider a indulgence in this lemon drop drink recipe.

Personally I prefer my lemon in the hummus that I make twice a week and eat daily with our green salads; the calcium in the sesame seeds used to make tahini certainly will contribute to prevention of osteoporosis. 



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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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